Things are starting to come together on the Brazil Water System Improvements Project.
Following a recent update meeting with contractors, Hannum, Wagle and Cline Project Engineer Matthew Pierce spoke with The Brazil Times about progress made in the last month.
"There has been some piping completed inside the pedestal, but construction of the steel tank has not started yet," he said. "It may just be a case of the steel crew getting stuck on a separate project they are working on for longer than they expected."
However, even with the delay, Pierce said progress is still on schedule for the tower to be completed in late October or early November.
"The latest update we have from Caldwell anticipates crews to start working on the tank on June 28 or 29," he said. "It still puts them on schedule, but they had been ahead of schedule, which is something we hoped would continue."
Part of the reason hopes were high the Craig Park tower would finish ahead of schedule was so it could be up and running with enough time to demolish the current tower on Vandalia Street before winter kicked in.
"We have the cost of demolishing the old tower built into the loan from the State Revolving Fund (SRF)," Pierce told The Brazil Times. "SRF wants us to have all the money used by the end of the year, but we can request an extension if needed."
Progress on the 250,000-gallon tower being constructed by Phoenix Fabricators and Erectors, Avon, Ind., is coming along quickly.
"Right now, the steel crew from Phoenix is in the process of hanging the tank, with the roof knuckles to be completed in the next week or two," Pierce said. "The only hindrance they have had the past month is the electrical storms coming through. With the crew working with steel, the foreman felt it was best in those situations to call everyone off the site to maintain their safety."
Pierce added the condition of Frontage Road being used by Phoenix was mentioned as needing work as well.
"The steel crew foreman agreed part of the road is deteriorating, and said he would speak with the corporate office about getting it fixed once the tower is completed and the big trucks are done coming onto the site," he said.
Electrical components of the project are also progressing as Pierce said the new well is just about online, with final control work on the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system needing to be completed.
"The startup of the generator went OK and we are also working on the final punchlist to finalize work on the well," Pierce said, adding the booster station was also recently installed on the west side of State Road 59, about one-tenth mile south of County Road 750 North. "For the booster station, we are still waiting on Duke Energy to come in and connect the power at this point. All the SCADA components have been delivered to the well site and more will come in as we draw closer to completing other divisions of the project."
HWC Inspector Bill Nation said he has a running list of complaints, most of which have regarded the restoration of yards following the installation of new water lines.
Pierce told The Brazil Times damages may be assessed to the contractor or subcontractor if all the restoration work is not done by the schedule's deadline, which he believed is July 19.
In addition, he said confirmation has been received stating hydrants on 4-inch water lines may not be replaced and city workers are allowed to install meters according to their work schedule.
"Pretty much, everything is going well and according to schedule," Pierce said. "Hopefully we will be able to put a wrap on everything by the end of the year."